Wednesday, December 21, 2011

EON ZFS Storage 1.0Beta based on oi 151a release!

I promised everyone patiently awaiting the new release, a pre Dec 25th gift and HERE IT IS!!! Lots of hard work went into giving this release life. It has undergone many hours testing so I could deliver another "rock solid" release. This build, required 2 virtual machines, 3 physical test machines and 3 compilers. Please enjoy and feel free to post feedback or any anomalies encountered. I hope EON continues to store all your precious digital moments!

New to EON, read here first! Upgrading, read here first!
For new setups, before running "setup":
cd /mnt/eon0/bin
./slinky r
./slinky c
If your EON Storage is internet connected. The EON ISO can be retrieved using wget.
After running setup(new setup) or (upgrade/backup). Re-check/edit your POOL=poolname in /mnt/eon0/.exec.
This is an option to edit "YOUR_POOLNAME" with a simple command if you wish to avoid "vi" (substitute your pool name where "YOUR_POOLNAME" appears). A backup file will be saved as .exec.bak
cd /mnt/eon0
sed -i.bak 's|=abyss|=YOUR_POOLNAME|g' .exec
An alternate upgrade option, using a spare USB key. Perform a new setup and then a forced zpool import to test. Perform the necessary tests and make sure all is ok before running:
zpool import -a -f /mnt/eon0/boot/x86.eon
After running the new install for a few days and triple checking everything is ok. Only zpool/zfs upgrade is left, to access the new features of zpool version 28 and zfs version 5. Note that once zpool/zfs upgrade is done, there is NO GOING BACK to the older version.
zpool upgrade poolname
zfs upgrade -r poolname

EON 64-bit x86 CIFS ISO image version 1.0b (NO HTTPD)
EON 64-bit x86 Samba ISO image version 1.0b (NO HTTPD)
EON 32-bit x86 CIFS ISO image version 1.0b (NO HTTPD)
EON 32-bit x86 Samba ISO image version 1.0b (NO HTTPD)
Binary Kit 1.0:
  • binary kit 1.0 (Released 22-February-2012)
  • rail (remote internet package installer)
  • emp (EON multi-purpose program)
Pre-requisite: If you had a previous binary kit installed
cd /your_zpool
mv local old-local
mkdir local
If this is the first time using the binary kit
cd /your_zpool
mkdir local
Perform the following on the EON command line to install the latest binary kit, remote installer and more. Most of these steps are one time only to add the bits that were not ready at release time. They will be self updating from here on. You can simply copy and paste 1 line at a time in an ssh session. Run "rail" to see more usage options.
cd /mnt/eon0/bin
./slinky wget
wget -q -U mozilla -O slinky
wget -q -U mozilla -O md5sum
wget -q -U mozilla -O /usr/bin/rail
chmod 755 md5sum slinky /bin/rail
./slinky md5
rail install emp
rail install binkit
rail install perl
Web Server: Installing a web server (apache, lighttpd or nginx). Browse to your IP after starting a web server to see links to various apps. Run "emp" to see usage options. More detailed how to here.
rail install apache (to generate unique self-signed certificate) 
emp apache start
Transmission: Edit /usr/local/transmission/settings.json to allow your client IP before starting Transmission Bit Torrent client
rpc-whitelist": ",IP_address_of_client",
rpc-whitelist": ",",
emp transmission start
Python is a requirement for SABnzbd, Sickbeard and CouchPotato.
rail install python
SABnzbd: Installing and starting SABnzbd. More detailed how to here.
cd /tmp
wget -O sabnzbd.tar.gz
gzip -dc sabnzbd.tar.gz | tar -xf -
mv SABnzbd-0.6.15 /usr/local/sabnzb
emp sabnzb start
Sickbeard: Installing and starting Sickbeard. More detailed how to here.
cd /tmp
wget -O sickbeard.tar.gz --no-check-certificate
gzip -dc sickbeard.tar.gz | gtar -xf -
mv midgetspy-Sick-Beard-911f5d1 /usr/local/sickbeard
emp sickbeard start
CouchPotato: Installing and starting CouchPotato. More detailed how to here.
cd /tmp
wget -O --no-check-certificate
unzip -q -aa
mv RuudBurger-CouchPotato-6970c10 /usr/local/couchpotato
emp couchpotato start 
  • New ZPOOL (version 28) and ZFS (version 5)
  • Perl 5.10.0 (full version, user customizable) moved to the binary kit, requires a new setup step (slinky)
  • New Binary Kit is semi-mandatory (needed for S.M.A.R.T and more)
  • New/Updated administration and statistics binaries.
  • Simple appliance package downloader and installer (more info to come)
  • kernel line addition "-B disable-pcieb=true" under VMware. ESXi, Fusion, no longer required.
 S T O R E   I T   Y O U R   W A Y !

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thoughts on a beta release of EON ZFS Storage

It's been a while since the last EON release but we are almost there. It's been a road of many trials with IPS and patience from the EON community but we are almost at a polished new release. I'm planning a beta release based on Openindiana/Illumos 151 bits. The beta will give the community a chance to provide feedback, input and possibly changes (bugs what bugs) for the actual release.
There are numerous improvements and binary additions with 151 (dladm, ipadm, smbstat, dtrace 1.7, etc). With these changes, come additional dependencies and an increase in package size, which goes against EON's goals.

Here's a current list of changes. Of course I'd like to hear your input, feedback and comments.
Perl has been moved to the binary kit. For memory size considerations, better performance and a user modifiable perl, it was shifted from the EON (embedded) to a wget install. The version of perl has changed from 5.8.4 to 5.10.0.
Pros: Lower memory footprint, better performance, user modifiable perl, full version.
Cons: The binary kit is no longer optional, it's now a requirement.
Options: Stick with the minimal perl bits required for (kstat, lgrpinfo, psrinfo, etc to work)

The Samba version of EON has grown considerably in size (approx 100Mb). This has me thinking to go with a pure storage OS model which means pushing Apache to the binary kit. So, Apache web server, would be a wget added choice along with nginx and lighttpd.
Pros: Lower memory footprint, better performance, two less image to release.
Cons: Future web admin (any takers) would require some kind of CLI kickstart.
Options: Leave apache embedded and Samba users basically eat the memory footprint.

Update 11.21.11: Compile-a-thon this past weekend new Binary Kit 75% complete, included goodies so far, Transmission bit torrent, Netatalk AFP(LION compatible), FFMPEG, RTMP server ...

Update 12.02.11: Re-compile-a-thon on again. Found some lib linking errors that requires a massive redo of most of the binary kit. Updated/Added APCupsd, SABnzbd and Sickbeard ...
Thanks to all EON users who have sent in feedback on how EON Storage is working for you. EON will continue allowing to, store it your way.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Definition of Innovation

Wednesday October 5th, 2011 marks a dark day, as the world lost a true technologist. He showed us that "innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower". "The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it". He lead by example, walked the talk and delivered unmatched standards of quality and excellence in what he shared. I never had an opportunity meet him, but "I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with" him. For all you shared, Thank You Steve ...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The IPS state of EON ZFS NAS Build

It's been a while since there's been an update. Well, after a great deal of hard, slow work, I have some good and bad news. I'll start with the good news. The good news is, there's a booting, 99.7% functional snv 151a based version of EON. The bad news is, this version is not distributable as it's built from Oracle repositories. I decided to use Oracle's repository as a test of process when I could not get a booting Illumos or Openindiana based version. They all panic and reboot after loading the kernel. The good thing here is the process building an IPS image seems to work. So it means back to trying with Illumos and Openindiana. Here are some screenshots of the snv 151a version.
ipadm (new)

smbstat (new)
zpool version

Friday, March 25, 2011

EON ZFS Storage on a HP Proliant MicroServer

I received the following pictures from a EON ZFS storage user, Nasir (thanks), confirming EON running fine on the HP Proliant Microserver. A few people have made inquiries about EON and compatibility with this hardware so this may help with your build plans. Again, I don't own the hardware so I have not thoroughly tested it but seems the network interface, zpool members and number of CPU cores register correctly. The HP Proliant MicroServer (more details) is a mini-itx form factor and supports up to 8GB of ECC RAM. Go ahead, store it your way ...
Broadcom nics work
EON on HP MicroServer

1.3Ghz x 2 cores online
zpool + disk members